Bamberger: His admission of being lost is something I consider a show of strength. It may be a way of taking pressure off himself. He can still turn it around quickly.
Van Sickle: Changing all his equipment at the same time was a big mistake. I said it then, and now it's obvious.
Anonymous Pro: The driver is a huge problem for Rory. He's not hitting his usual draw; he's losing it right. And he's searching for the putter too. I understand that a couple hundred million dollars is a ridiculous amount of money, but that move was suicidal. People said, "Oh, he'll figure it out." But if you hit enough bad shots, it gets in your head. The driver, putter and the ball are a holy triumvirate. Don't mess with them.
WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE MUIRFIELD MOMENT?
Van Sickle: Muirfield is where two Grand Slams went to die. Jack Nicklaus was heading for the Slam in '72 when he ran into Lee Trevino, who chipped in five times that week, notably on the 71st hole. Tiger was a lock in 2002, I thought, until that freak storm blew him off the course in the third round. Two Slams thwarted. That's quite a coincidence. Muirfield is the Ken Keltner of Grand Slam stoppers.
Shipnuck: Didn't Jack blame the whole thing on a bad pillow? He slept weird and tweaked his neck, and it didn't get loose until the third round. There's apparently a ghost who haunts that course.
Van Sickle: I can see Jack blaming a pillow quicker than admitting, Trevino's got my number.
Shipnuck: There's that too.
Anonymous Pro: Trevino's win stands out the most. That was a great duel. Nick Faldo's two wins at Muirfield were typical Faldo. He plodded along until somebody else made mistakes at the end and handed him the titles.
Garrity: You have to look at the history. There have been 13 Open champions at Muirfield, and 11 of them are in the Hall of Fame.